Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land

Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land
Age Range
16+
Release Date
June 30, 1985
ISBN
0807841609
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"From the moment I got to Auschwitz I was completely detached. I disconnected my heart and intellect in an act of self-defense, despair, and hopelessness."

With these words Sara Nomberg-Przytyk begins this painful and compelling account of her experiences while imprisoned for two years in the infamous death camp. Writing twenty years after her liberation, she recreates the events of a dark past which, in her own words, would have driven her mad had she tried to relive it sooner. But while she records unimaginable atrocities, she also richly describes the human compassion that stubbornly survived despite the backdrop of camp depersonalization and imminent extermination.

Commemorative in spirit and artistic in form, Auschwitz convincingly portrays the paradoxes of human nature in extreme circumstances. With consummate understatement Nomberg-Przytyk describes the behavior of concentration camp inmates as she relentlessly and pitilessly examines her own motives and feelings. In this world unmitigated cruelty coexisted with nobility, rapacity with self-sacrifice, indifference with selfless compassion. This book offers a chilling view of the human drama that existed in Auschwitz.

From her portraits of camp personalities, an extraordinary and horrifying profile emerges of Dr. Josef Mengele, whose medical experiments resulted in the slaughter of nearly half a million Jews. Nomberg-Przytyk's job as an attendant in Mengle's hospital allowed her to observe this Angel of Death firsthand and to provide us with the most complete description to date of his monstrous activities.

The original Polish manuscript was discovered by Eli Pfefferkorn in 1980 in the Yad Vashem Archive in Jerusalem. Not knowing the fate of the journal's author, Pfefferkorn spent two years searching and finally located Nomberg-Przytyk in Canada. Subsequent interviews revealed the history of the manuscript, the author's background, and brought the journal into perspective.

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The Dark is Rising- by Susan Cooper
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a review by Naomi

The Dark is Rising is a riviting book at times it makes the back of hairs on my neck stand-up! It is about a boy named Will Stanton coming of age. He is an Old One & the Sign Seeker. The Dark is taking over his world and he must find six signs. His quest leads him to many adventures. He meets other Old Ones & Merriman is one. Merriman becomes his mentor & guide to the way of the Old Ones & helps in his quest. The story weaves itself through different times, ages, snowstorm and Christmas. Will's quest must be done before 12 days. The way he gets each sign is wonderful and exciting.

I Promise that you will not be able to put this book down once you start it. Don't be put off by the pages of this book! This book will fly by once you start is!
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Sara Nomberg- Przytyk was a Jewish woman who had experienced the Holocaust first-hand and lived to tell about it. She started in the Bialystok Ghetto and was later transferred to a concentration camp about three hundred miles away from Auschwitz called Stutthof. She spent about two months at Stutthof and was later transferred to Auschwitz in 1944. She experienced the brutality and cruelity of the camp and then fortunately met up with some people she had enpreviously encountered at the ghetto, who were working for the camp. These friends helped Sara get out of the horrible living conditions of Auschwitz and found work for her to do in the camp. Sara worked for the camp for the remainder of her time spent there, was treated fairly descent, and escaped many encounters that could have been fatile. Although she managed to escape the death of Auschwitz, the other Jews did not. Throughout the book she tells stories of starvation, gassing, torture, and murder that she observes being done to the Jews. Sara reveals the tales her mind has witnessed while working for this unimaginable, "Living Hell", called Auschwitz.


On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate this book a five because it is a very well written book that gives many accounts of the daily life at Auschwitz. It is a very interesting experience that she tells and should be read. I would recommend this to people who are interested in history and especially relating to the Holocaust because this book is as real as it gets. This is a primary source of what took place at Auschwitz, which makes it hard to come by and that's why it's an excellent book.

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